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Morning

Set off early for a morning of shopping, laneways and cafes or city-circle sightseeing. 

Shopping 
Start the day with a trip to Queen Victoria Market. The southern hemisphere's largest open-air market is at its bustling best early in the morning. Pick up souvenirs and local arts and crafts before joining throngs of locals queuing for delicious deli treats and heart-starting coffee.

For further retail therapy, make your way to Emporium on Lonsdale Street to stroll the shiny rows of designer stores and their racks of Australian and international designer labels.

Nearby, The Melbourne Shop by Lumbi, Melbourne Style and Melbournalia are all perfect for swish souvenirs by local designers, and the eclectic boutiques in Flinders Lane and Little Collins Street offer up more local fashion and design. 

Laneways and cafes 
Take in the sights and caffeinated aromas of Melbourne's famous laneways. Take a walking tour, solo or guided, and have your camera ready for the ever-changing street art. If you've only time for one laneway artscape, make it Hosier Lane, opposite Fed Square.

The city's laneways are Melbourne's cafe HQ. Try out any one of the cafes nestled between galleries and boutiques or join those in the know at Captains of Industry, Brother Baba Budan, Manchester Press or Degraves Espresso Bar.

Sightseeing
Hop aboard the free City Circle Tram and set your sights on the city's hub, Federation Square. Known as 'Fed Square' to the locals, this modern architectural icon is more than a public square. Fringed with cafes and restaurants with views of the Yarra River, the square houses the National Gallery of Victoria's Ian Potter Centre, your best stop for an introduction to Australian art, as well as the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI), a must-see for cinema-lovers.

To see it all from on-high, stroll over to the Eureka Skydeck at Southbank for unsurpassed views of Melbourne from the 88th floor.

Lunch

Take a well-earned lunch break at one of the city's many restaurants. From high-end to cheap eats, it's hard to go wrong in this foodie town. The choice can be overwhelming though, so focus your efforts on the delicious concentration of excellent eateries on Flinders Lane. Try the celebrated Cumulus Inc., Chin Chin, Supernormal, The Meatball and Wine Bar or Yu-u, or just follow your nose.

Afternoon

Walk off lunch with a stroll to scenic gardens or sports stadiums, or hop back on the City Circle Tram to take in more sights. Top of the day's exploring with a rooftop sundowner.

Parks and gardens 
Enjoy city vistas and an impressively diverse plant collection as you explore the Royal Botanical Gardens. Take a free guided tour or the self-guided Aboriginal Heritage Walk.  Across the river, wander through riverside Birrarung Marr and over to the historic Fitzroy Gardens, home to Cooks' Cottage.

Sports stadiums
Sports fans, stroll along the Yarra River to the famed Melbourne Cricket Ground (the 'G). Get your sports trivia fix with a tour of the National Sports Museum, or an insiders' view with a tour of Rod Laver Area at neighbouring Melbourne Park.

Sundowner rooftop bars 
Before you head back to port, cap off your city experience with a sundowner in one of Melbourne's famed rooftop bars. See the sun set and watch city lights blink from Rooftop Bar or Siglo, or the quirkier, themed Madame Brussels or Goldilocks. 

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Shopping

Queen Victoria Market

Shop 'til you drop at this celebrated market to find souvenirs and to marvel at the Dairy Hall.

Emporium Melbourne

Get the very best at Emporium Melbourne, the city's super stylish, cutting edge shopping mecca.

Melbournalia

Swoon over stylish homewares, prints, accessories and souvenirs from Melbourne designers and makers.

Melbourne Style

Find gifts and souvenirs designed in Melbourne, inspired by Melbourne, and made in Melbourne.

The Melbourne Shop by Lumbi

Take home stylish souvenirs: Melbourne-themed prints on clothing, accessories, canvas and homewares.

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Laneways & cafes

City laneways

There's always something new to discover in Melbourne's hive of bustling, creative laneways.

Captains of Industry

Get a haircut and have a coffee all while getting measured for a suit at this one-stop shop for gents.

Brother Baba Budan

Have your caffeine and drink it too, made from beans roasted with fine Melbourne coffee pedigree.

Manchester Press

Get in line to praise Manchester Press, the huge lucent laneway space where coffee reigns supreme.

Degraves Espresso Bar

Never tire of the prototypical 'Melbourne cafe', with its laneway charm and uncompromising coffee.

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Sightseeing

Federation Square

Start your Melbourne journey at "Fed Square", with its events, restaurants and cafes, and galleries.

The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia

See superb collections of Australian Indigenous and non-Indigenous art as well as special exhibitions.

Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI)

Explore the world of film and TV at year-round exhibitions, rare screenings and cultural events.

Eureka Skydeck 88

Teeter on The Edge, a glass cube that slides you out from the 88th floor for unsurpassed city views.

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Lunch restaurants

Cumulus Inc.

This loft-inspired city restaurant is the place to be seen - breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Chin Chin

Settle in with friends and share plates of fresh, spicy Thai food plus a few glasses of fine wine.

Supernormal

Super restaurateur Andrew McConnell guides tastebuds through an exciting Asian-inspired menu.

The Meatball and Wine Bar

Roll up to the swish Flinders Lane bar for the latest food and wine craze – meatballs and prosecco.

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Parks & gardens

Royal Botanic Gardens

Discover more than 12,000 species of plants and a sanctuary for native wildlife.

Aboriginal Heritage Walk

The Aboriginal Heritage Walk offers a rich and vibrant cultural experience and is one of the most...

Birrarung Marr

Hear the ringing of the eye-catching Federation Bells and discover Melbourne's indigenous culture.

Fitzroy Gardens

Marvel at the park features, like the Fairies Tree, model Tudor village, and Captain Cook's Cottage.

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Sports stadiums & tours

Melbourne Cricket Ground

See a match or take a tour of the home of cricket and footy, where sporting history has been made.

National Sports Museum

Become part of Australia's rich sporting history through artifacts and multimedia at the iconic MCG.

Rod Laver Arena

Rod Laver Arena at Melbourne Park hosts over a million people a year for sports and concert events.

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Sundowner bars

Siglo

Climb the grand staircase to a place of beautiful wines, views, late-night snacks and table service.

Rooftop Bar

A beloved Melbourne institution, Rooftop Bar is set seven storeys atop the popular Curtin House.

Madame Brussels

Sip on quaint pastel cocktails and foreign beers while basking in the Madame's whimsical ambience.

Goldilocks Bar

Find a seat that's just right and order a tasty cocktail at this fairytale rooftop bar.

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